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Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell Votes Are Imminent - Have You Called Congress Yet?

As we approach votes in the House and Senate on repeal of the discriminatory "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" law, it is critical that you call your Representative and Senators and tell them to vote for DADT repeal.

Call the Capitol Switchboard at 202-224-3121.

  • Tell them where you live, and ask them to connect you to your representative's office.
  • Tell the staffer who picks up your name and where you're calling from, then say: I'm calling to urge Congress to vote to repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" this week.
  • Most calls end right there, but if you'd like, you can add:
  • Americans recognize that on the battlefield, it doesn't matter whether a soldier is lesbian, gay or straight; what matters is that a soldier gets the job done.
  • This discriminatory law hurts military readiness and national security. It puts American soldiers at risk.
  • Congress should repeal the law now and include a timeline for implementation that allows the Pentagon to complete its study.

BREAKING NEWS: Nebraska Sen. Ben Nelson has announce that he will vote for repeal in the Senate Armed Services Committee this week (Adam Bink at Open Left broke the story).  HRC has been working in Nebraska for months to showcase the strong support that exists in the state for repeal and certainly thanks the Senator for his support.  Call Senator Nelson 202-224-6551 and thank him! HRC President Joe Solmonese released the following statement:

"We thank Senator Nelson for his support and are extremely grateful. He and other Senators supporting repeal will be on the right side of history. While Senator Nelson’s vote is critical, no vote will be taken for granted in these final hours before the Senate committee vote. "
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